Petition for disabled toilets presented to council

Campaigners calling for a Changing Places special facility in Barnstaple town centre hand over 1,768 signature petition to district council.

A petition with 1,768 signatures calling for a special disabled toilet in Barnstaple town centre has been presented to North Devon Council.

The campaign for a Changing Places facility has been led by Sue Tucker, 45, who suffers from genetic disease spinal muscular atrophy.

In one day Sue and her supporters collected more than 1,000 names at Green Lanes Shopping Centre in Barnstaple and she said many people had been supportive of the campaign, as well as surprised there wasn’t already such provision.

Changing Places is a national initiative that provides grant funding for facilities which offer an adult-sized changing table, a hoist and room for a carer to assist.

Standard disabled toilets do not meet the needs of all people and Sue believes a Changing Places toilet in Barnstaple would help her and many others lead fuller lives and be less isolated.

She first approached the council about three years ago and suggested the Market Place toilets as a suitable location.

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Now she and supporters of the campaign have handed in their petition, presented to council chairman, Councillor Sue Haywood at Pathfield School and it is hoped it will be brought before the June meeting of the full council.

Anyone who would like to find out more about the campaign can visit or email Sue Tucker on

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